It’s easy to imagine yourself living in the latter half of the 19th century while strolling the sidewalks of the Hamlet of Katonah. Many of the homes and stores are from the 19th century and the village retains the character of an earlier era.
The village itself has a fascinating history. Katonah is named for Chief Katonah, a prestigious Native American sachem of the Ramapough Nation, who, in 1680, sold the land of Bedford to a group of 22 English colonists from Stanford. In 1897 the town was moved to its present site when the original village was purchased by The City of New York, who then condemned and flooded the village to construct the Cross River Reservoir.
Rather than just abandon their community, the residents formed a syndicate, bought land a mile to the south, and moved more than 50 houses and business to its new location, rolled on logs pulled by horses. The community began to boom with the arrival of train transport. Up until this point, its people were predominantly farmers. With trains, villagers could now send perishable produce to New York City.
Today, Katonah offers a unique blend of suburban sophistication and New England small town charm. Many of the homes and buildings that were moved are now part of a thriving shopping area now line Katonah Avenue, the primary shopping area in the center of town. The old train station from the 19th century is now a restaurant, and the modern station is one block north and a one-hour commute to Manhattan.
- Hamlet of Katonah is in the Town of Bedford
- Local Highways: Saw Mill Parkway, Taconic Parkway, I-684
- Distance to NYC: 45 miles
- Area: 25 sq miles
- Population: Katonah 1,679 (2010 census)
- Katonah Station at 1 Katonah Avenue
- Bedford Hills Station at 46 Depot Plaza
- Mount Kisco Station at 1 Kirby Plaza
- Katonah Taxi 914-232-5772
- Sam's Taxi: 914-666-6002
Airport: Westchester County Airport is a 30 minute drive.
The Village of Katonah is serviced by the Katonah-Lewisboro School District:
- Katonah Elementary (K-grade 5) 914-763-7700
- Meadow Pond Elementary in South Salem (K-grade 5) 914-763-7900
- John Jay Middle School in Cross River (grades 6-8) 914-763-7500
- Increase Miller Elementary School in Goldens Bridge (grades 6-8) 914-763-7100
- John Jay High School in Cross River (grades 9-12) 914-763-7201
For a full school report on Katonah School District, please visit New York State Education Department.
- Rippowam/Cisqua Lower Campus, Mount Kisco (PreK-grade 4) 914-244-1200
- Rippowam/Cisqua Upper Campus, Bedford (grades 5-9) 914-244-1250
- The Hackley School (PreK-grade 12) 914-366-2600
- The Masters School (PreK-grade 12) 914-479-6400
- Rye Country Day School (PreK-grade 12) 914-967-1417
- The Harvey School (grades 6-12) 914-232-3161
- Archbishop Stepinac High School (grades 9-12, boys) 914-946-4800
- Fordham Preparatory School (grades 9-12) 718-367-7500
- Solomon Schechter School of Westchester (K-grade 12) 914-948-3111
- St. Patrick's Parochial School (PreK-grade 8) 914-234-7914
- Kennedy Catholic High School (grades 9-12) 914-232-5061
Katonah is known as an equestrian paradise with an extensive system of riding trails maintained by the Bedford Riding Lanes Association. The BRLA maintains and develops the historic system of trails and dirt roads which extend and connect more than 100 linear miles of trails in the Bedford and Pound Ridge areas.
There are other trail-riding options in Westchester. The Lewisboro Horseman’s Trail Association and the North Salem Bridle Trails Association have members-only paths, while the county operates public horse trails at three parks: the Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (at 4,315-acres, it is the county’s largest park), and the Twin Lakes Trail Loop in Teatown Lake Reservation. There are also 55 miles of carriage and horse-riding trails at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve that are open to the public for a $40 annual fee.
Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mt. Kisco was established in 1957 as a not-for-profit nature center and wildlife preserve, offering a variety recreational programs and events. A reconstructed 200-year old church serves as the sanctuary’s Nature Center and Museum. The former church was taken down piece by piece, and rebuilt in the sanctuary in 1973. It contains exhibits of local flora and fauna, live animals, a bird observation window and an auditorium for public programs.
Open to hiking only, the Mianus River Gorge is a 755-acre nature preserve open April through November. The preserve was established in 1953 to protect an old-growth hemlock forest and receives the special designation as the first Nature Conservancy land project, and the first National Natural History Landmark designated by the US Department of the Interior.
Canine members of the family have their own park at the Canine Commons Dog Area at the Beaver Dam Park in Katonah. There are three fenced areas for dogs: small, large, and an agility area used for classes by the Town Recreation Department. Residents of the Town of Bedford may obtain the required yearly dog park permit at the Bedford Town Clerk’s Office.
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site is the home of statesman John Jay, one of America's principal Founding Fathers, located on Rte 22 in Katonah. Open for tours Wednesday through Sunday afternoons from mid-April to end of October.
Visitors of Caramoor Center for Music and Arts on Girdle Ridge Road are invited to explore the spectacular gardens and lush grounds, tour the historic Rosen House, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, and the Music Room of the Rosen House. The Tour, Tea, and Garden Stroll is offered on select Thursdays during the Spring and Fall.
Katonah Village Library is located within walking distance from the village center.
There are many restaurants to choose from in this small hamlet: Peppino's Ristorante for pizza & classic Northern Italian dishes, and the Blue Dolphin is a converted diner in a cheerful setting for Southern Italian favorites & wines.
The Whitlock is a modern bistro for farm-to-table comforts & cocktails.
For Pan-Asian fare, sushi, rice or noodle dishes & cooked specialties, go to Tengda Asian Bistro.
In the mood for bagels? The Original Goldberg's Famous Bagels offers a variety of choices to satisfy anyone's cravings.
Nested in a historic building in Bedford, Bedford 234 is a culmination of Hudson Valley history and inspired heirloom dishes in a comfortable yet engaging atmosphere. They have cultivated close relationships with local farmers, cheese mongers, butchers, and fishermen.
The nearby Danbury Fair Mall houses over one hundred stores including Sears and Macy’s.
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